The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has ramped up its efforts to clamp down on school violence and crime in the province by unveiling 1500 trained volunteers to be allocated to different hotspots across the province.
Schools in the province have been ravaged by a spate of attacks, violence in which learners, teachers and security have been attacked and in some instances killed.
In July two security guards were killed at Ukusa Senior Secondary School in Hammarsdale, outside of Durban, where the provincial government on Tuesday launched its schools safety programme.
KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala said that they were committed to ensuring that local communities were involved in the fight to combat escalating violence and criminality in schools.
“We have seen numerous incidents in schools, we have seen criminals breaking into computer labs stealing computers and getting into offices and stealing equipment that is very important for learners. We have also seen attacks directed at security guards at schools and we have seen attacks directed at teachers and to a certain extent the violence between learners themselves.